Resources for Essential Oils and DIY Projects
There are many ways to purchase essential oils, including from a distributor (usually an MLM), directly from the company online, or from Amazon.
The purpose of this page is not to outline the pros and cons of each, but rather to share with you some of the products that I use myself when creating DIY wellness, skin care, and household products using essential oils.
Spark Naturals: Spark Naturals is the brand I prefer, especially for health and wellness purposes. For the best price, purchase your oils directly from their website. Note also that shipping is currently free to all US locations. New: Use code GAYELEVY to get 10% off most orders.
Shield Protective Blend: If you were to take a peek into my EO drawer, you would find six 15ML bottles of Shield which I use as backstock to my day to day supply. This, plus perhaps some Oregano Oil, is the one blend I would cover during a disruptive event or survival situation.
Spark Naturals Amazon Store: Although you may pay a small amount more, you can also purchase most Spark Naturals products at their Amazon store.
NOW Foods Essential Oils: To me, these are not as potent as the oils from Spark Naturals but they work just fine in a diffuser or in cleaning products. They come in large bottles so you can afford to use larger amounts. Try their Tea Tree oil or Natures Shield Protective Blend in your cleaning products.
The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy: This book, by Valerie Warwood, is my essential oil bible. I purchased the first version in the late eighties and have never looked back. Highly recommended for your home remedy and first aid library.
Aromatherapy Essential Oil Diffuser by AromaSoft: As with many of the products I promote, this diffuser is not going to be the cheapest on the block, although $20 is not bad especially when I used to pay $60 or more for a diffuser. This BPA-free diffuser puts out a strong mist that can fill a room. All that in spite of its size. Plus, it comes with a lifetime warranty.
Fractionated Coconut Oil: FCO, as it is called, is liquefied coconut oil. Fractionated coconut oil has been treated with heat so that it does not solidify at cooler temperatures. It is for external use only. My preferred brand is Plant Therapy.
Shea Butter: This is the brand I use and it has never disappointed. Others have told me that their shea butter tends to produce a grainy body butter but that has never happened to me. This brand is creamy and does not smell. Yes, some brands of shea butter do stink. You will have to trust me on this one.
Organic Coconut Oil: Any high-quality coconut oil will work. I prefer an organic coconut oil and use the same product in the kitchen as I do in my salves and body butter. Costco has some great prices but since I purchase 5-gallon tubs from Healthy Traditions, that is what I use.
Alcohol-Free Witch Hazel: There are a number of good brands of witch hazel, including Thayers and Spark Naturals. Just be sure that what you are getting is alcohol-free and does not include fillers, parabens or propylene glycol. This is the one I prefer. I especially like that it does not smell medicinal.
Jars, Bottles, Sprayers, and other EO and DIY Accessories
Ointment Jars: Over the years, I have used both plastic and glass ointment jars. For individual salves, I recently found these amber glass jars and now I use these exclusively. If you prefer plastic, I often use smaller 1/2 ounce and 1-ounce jars that I purchase in bulk for very little money from Amazon.
Dropper Bottles: As with my preferred ointment jars, I recently discovered these 15ml amber dropper bottles made by Vivaplex. There was no looking back. These are leakproof and budget-friendly.
1-Ounce Spray Bottles: These smaller spray bottles are the bomb! Each holds 1 ounce or 30 ml. They are perfect for making up a natural hand sanitizer spray as well as for skin care toners and even DIY household cleaners. One thing I like about these small spray bottles is that I can put them in drawers around the house so they are handy. By now you know how much I hate cluttered counters; these are the perfect solution to that dilemma.
2-Ounce Cobalt Blue Spray Bottles: These are the bottles I prefer for when I want to make up a larger quantity. I have repeatedly ordered these and have never had a leaker or a defective sprayer. Win-win.
Roller Ball Bottles: These 10ml roller-ball bottles have stainless steel roller balls that stand up to the test of time.
Essential Oil and Roller Ball Opener: Where have these been my entire EO life? This recent purchase has made using essential oils so much easier. Instead of prying off the orifice style droppers with my nails, I now use this nifty tool to get the job done. Ditto the tops of roller ball bottles. Well worth the $5 or $6 cost.
Glass Liquid Droppers: It was only recently that I discovered the value of droppers that have measurements on the side. What this means is that instead of dropping oils into my blend one drop at a time, I can now, for example, use the markings on a dropper to measure 1 ml of each oil I am using in a 50/50 blend. I just did this yesterday with lavender and cedarwood, a calming diffused blend that I frequently use when I need to relax. You will love these glass droppers and of course, they can be used over and over again.
Foaming Soap Dispenser: I have owned these foaming soap dispensers for years and have never had a fail. I simply can not fathom why someone would not want to make a one-time purchase of a “foamer”, as they are called so that they can be refilled over and over again.
Dr. Bronner’s Liquid Castile Soap: Although Dr. Bronner’s soaps come in a mind-boggling array of scents, I usually purchase the unscented so that I can add EOs myself, depending on what I am trying to accomplish. That said, a peek in my cupboard will include Tea Tree, Peppermint, Eucalyptus, Lavender, and Rose Hemp Castile soaps. You might say that I am a Dr. Bronner’s addict. Not convinced? Here is a cheat sheet describing many of the various ways you can use this versatile soap: http://www.lisabronner.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/Dilutions-Cheat-Sheet.pdf.
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